The Huangpu is the city’s largest river and one of the best things to do in Shanghai is to take it all in – on a cruise, especially after dark when the skyline is emblazoned with magical lights.
The 110 km long Huangpu River splits Shanghai in two, with Pudong in the east and Puxi in the west. A typical hour-long cruise allows the opportunity not only to admire the beautiful skyline but witness the interesting mix of tall, modern buildings and low, colonial examples.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
One of the city’s most recognisable buildings is the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower beside the Huangpu in Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area. Among the top attractions in Shanghai, it was once the tallest building in China at 468 metres.
An iconic structure with its two huge spheres actually incorporates nine other smaller globes. Flanked by the Yangpu Bridge in the north-east and the Nanpu Bridge south-west, it symbolises “twin dragons playing with pearls”.
The tower has 15 observatory levels – one of which has an outdoor platform with a glass floor – as well as a revolving restaurant and shopping centre.
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is one of the largest in Asia, with the world’s longest underwater viewing tunnel. One of the many attractions in Shanghai, it is located next to the Oriental Pearl Tower, where it is home to over 15,000 marine animals comprising 450 unique species from five continents and four oceans.
The aquarium is divided into nine thematic zones replicating nine different habitats – from the Yangtze River in China and the flooded forests of the Amazon, to the mangroves of Australia, winding rivers of Africa, humid rainforests of South-east Asia, and icy waters of the Antarctic.